As long as cryptocurrency mining is not legalized in Russia, neither as cyber money is allowed, lots of people make use of the breach in law to get wealthy. Today, on February 9 the Russian information agency Interfax reported that a group of Russian Federal Nuclear Center’s engineers has been detained for mining digital coins right at their working place.
The country’s All-Russian Scientific Research Institute of Experimental Physics is located in the closed town of Sarov, Nizhny Novgorod region, with about 20,000 employees. Before the USSR collapse, this town was known as Arzamas-16, where the first nuclear bomb was created by Russians. Currently, nobody is allowed to enter the town without special permission as its frontiers are built up by razor wires and guarded by the Russian military.
In such conditions, the resourceful engineers were mining cyber coins, using one of the most powerful computers in Russia. The chairwoman of the press service for Research Center, Tatyana Zalesskaya, announced:"Indeed, there was an attempt of unauthorized use of office computing capacities for personal purposes, including so-called mining."
She added that these engineers were detained by competent authorities. To the best of her belief, as Zalesskaya emphasized, against the Center’s employees were instituted criminal proceedings.
The Institute’s spokesperson also said that it was not the first time when workers of large Russian companies tried using their facilities for crypto mining. Zalesskaya stressed that despite anything such attempts would be tackled as long as mining is a “technically hopeless” and “criminal” activity.
According to Interfax, a day before the detention, Russian media informed that Sarov Institute’s engineers used the power of the supercomputer for crypto mining. Remarkably, this supercomputer has a capacity of 1 petaflop, which means it can carry out 1,000 trillion calculations per second. Back in 2011, it was the most powerful computer of this kind in Russia.